A quick word with ... Cleo Barnett

A quick word with ... Cleo Barnett

Cleo Barnett is an organiser extraordinaire of community art events (such as First Thursdays) and a believer in the intersection between creativity and commerce.

Cleo BarnettMy first job was ... Bagging groceries.

And now the title on my business card is ... Blank.

Which really means ... Art curation, arts management, event management, photography, daydreaming, writing and collaborating.

My day starts with ... Yoga, tea and emails.

And ends with ... Evening bike rides, developing photos and catching up with friends.

And in between, I ... Ride by bike around the city catching up with friends to brainstorm about upcoming projects. Most likely take some photos, listen to some music and try to organise some things. Lots of working through ideas in my journal, pondering 'what could be' at cafes.

My first artistic memory is ... Cracking open glowsticks and throwing the liquid all over the room before inviting my girlfriends in for our slumber party and a bit of an interactive experience. Something about transforming the room to create such a new world was inspiring.

If I wasn't doing this, I'd ... Be sad.

I'm inspired by ... Lots! Lately I've been hugely inspired by change-makers and philanthropists that are breaking down boundaries and doing things in a different way. I'm inspired by the endless possibilities we have to use creativity for economic growth for the people that need it the most in this world.

I also obsessively collect magazines from all over. I am hugely inspired by print and its unique form of expression and ability to share. I'm inspired daily by the creatives I work with in my community. Really looking forward to working with friends around the world this year on some exciting projects.

At the same time I'm really inspired by art history, black and white analogue film and learning more about where our inspiration originates.

I can't live without ... Food, music, yoga and my friends/family.

True 'style' is ... Unique and comfortably you. 

Cleo Barnett is an all-round creative who wears many hats. Find her at

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